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    Liberia-Health-Lassa Fever

    Liberia records more Lassa Fever cases


    Cases of Lassa Fever are said to be on the increase in Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties which are considered the 'Lassa Fever belt' in Liberia.

    According to the Director General of the National Health Institute of Liberia, Tolbert Nyensuah, four new confirmed cases have been reported, with two cases in Bong County, one in Grand Bassa County and one in Nimba County.

    Mr. Nyensuah told reporters Wednesday that blood specimen was collected and tested positive of Lassa Fever at the National Public Health Reference Laboratory, adding that the recent case from Nimba County was confirmed NPHRL on June 7.

    According to Mr. Nyensuah, a total of 128 contacts, including 59 healthcare workers, have been line-listed and are being monitored.

    He said one case in Bong County is currently undergoing treatment at the Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga, Bong County, while one has been discharged, and that two deaths have been reported in the recent

    Nyensuah said since the beginning of January this year, a total of 112 suspected cases have been reported across the country. Of this number, he said, 18 have been confirmed positive, with 7 cases in Nimba County, 3 in Montserrado County, 4 in Bong County, 2 in Margibi County and 2 in Grand Bassa County.

    Mr. Nyensuah said the case fatality among confirmed cases is 72.2 percent (13/18), adding "The high death rate is alarming to NPHIL, and we have launched an investigation."

    Lassa Fever is a deadly viral disease that is spread by rodents (rats) through close contact with affected persons.

    Meanwhile, the NPHIL is advising residents to keep their environment clean, cover their dishes to prevent rats shitting or urinating on them; as well as cover their food in tightly closed containers to
    prevent rats from playing in food or drinking water.

    "Residents are also advised not to eat rats because they can get the sickness by coming in contact with their blood, urine, or feces and refrain from drying food in open places where rats can reach."

    Residents are also advised to avoid body contact with affected persons and endemic zone and visit a health facility immediately when they feel sick.

     "We continue to improve our rapid response at the county, district and community levels through the County Emergency Operation Centers, and to provide technical, financial and logistical support to contain the outbreaks," the NPHIL Director  eneral said.


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